Football Game Notes - 09/3/12
Aggies Facing Bobcats For Only Second-Time Ever
Utah State Going For First Seven-Win Season Since 1993, First Regular Season Seven Wins Since 1979
Aggies Seeking Bowl Eligibility, Six Wins For First Time Since 1997 On Senior Day
Utah State Pursuing Third-Straight W In A Season For Second-Straight Season Entering Showdown With Idaho
Spencer Toone is entering his second season on the Aggie staff, but is no stranger to Gary Andersen's system, as Toone was a three-year starter under Andersen at Utah.
At Utah State, Toone serves as a defensive graduate assistant, working with Andersen as well as focusing on the Aggies' linebackers with linebackers coach Kevin Clune.
Toone is entering his second year as a coach after a two-year stint in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans. Toone was selected by the Titans with the 37th pick of the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played three games for the Titans in 2006.
As a three-year starter at Utah, Toone earned first-team all-Mountain West Conference honors in his senior season of 2005, after tying for the league lead in tackles with 113, including five tackles for loss with 2.5 sacks. A team captain as a senior, Toone started all 12 games at rover and played every defensive snap in the first eight games of the season. As a junior, Toone earned honorable mention all-MWC honors after tying for second in the conference with 115 tackles. Toone finished his Utah career with 293 tackles, ranked 10th all-time in school history.
Off the field, Toone was a second-team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America in 2005. He was a two-time academic all-District VIII first-team selection as a junior and senior after earning second-team accolades as a sophomore, as well as a three-time academic all-MWC honoree. He was also a member of Utah's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Football Leadership Committee. Toone also earned Utah's President's Award as the team's best athlete with the highest GPA. Toone also attended the NCAA Leadership Conference in Orlando in May, 2003.
Prior to his time at Utah, Toone played one year at Ricks (Idaho) Junior College, leading Ricks in tackles and kickoffs returned for touchdowns in 1999, including a 97-yard kickoff return. He helped Ricks win the 1999 Real Dairy Bowl. Toone then went on an LDS Church Mission to Australia from 2000-02.
A native of Blackfoot, Idaho, Toone was a lettermen in basketball, baseball and track & field at Snake River High School, and was an all-state free safety in 1997 and an all-state running back in 1998, leading Snake River to the 1997 and 1998 state championships.
Toone earned his bachelor's degree in speech communication science from Utah in 2005.
He is married to the former Kristen Brown and they have one daughter, Brooklyn.